Each of those places you listed look like Disney Land compared to just about any country in Africa. But oh yeah, that's a continent no one cares
about, no one reads about, and is mainly ignored. I wonder if it's their skin tone, or the fact they don't have oil that makes us not care.
working all over west Africa for the past 5 years and being involved in several hummanitarian projects..(one of which i designed my self and intend to
implement next year) africa is a place i care about very much. ..oh and by the way.. Africa has the biggest oil reserves ever found; in the gulf of
guniea (the bight of biafra)
I am also involved with several projects promoting ecological tourism and am also in the process of starting a new company which soley utilizes native
african people as employees and pays back 50% of all profit to these people as well as providing them with an above average wage and establishing a
medical centre and school.
The people i work with (mainly english and portuguese) all love africa and have done many great things at their own personal expense there over the
past 25 years.
onbviously you havent read much about africa in general or you would definatley have had a better perception of what decent people are trying to do
i do agree with you that africa is overlooked by many.
Perhaps you would like to read about 'Jesus christ airlines'....again decent people risking their lives and money to help people in africa.
The airline in question was JCA, for Joint Church
Aid -- but the pilots would only refer to it as Jesus Christ Airlines.
They were flying during the so-called Biafra conflict of the Nigeria
civil war (1967-70). Starting point for their flights was the former
Portuguese colony Sao Tomé, less than an hour from the destination.
The operation ended after 18 month, with about 5000 flights and 60,000
tons of food aid being delivered, saving about 1 Million people. 13 of
the amateur pilots -- many of them priests -- lost their lifes during
a mission that was officially illegal, but had the blessings of the
30 years after, Danish director Lasse Jensen brought a group of the
flight veterans back to the island; among them ex-BBC reporter (and
now world-famous writer) Frederick Forsyth.
i have met one of those swiss pilots, he continues to work with hummanitarian projects in west africa.
[edit on 13-7-2006 by optimus fett]